For background info, see “Land Grab” (Aug. 17, 2011) and “What’s Up with the M.V. Times?,” published earlier today.
Much ado has been made about the little structure that Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter built on their land in Chilmark.
Did they have a permit?
Yes, they did: They explained what they were planning to the Chilmark board of health, and the board of health issued them a permit to operate a tent. Tents don’t require septic systems, but you do have to present a plan for dealing with human waste. Their plan was a composting toilet.
C’mon, is that thing a tent?
It’s called a carpenter’s tent. No, it’s not made of canvas, but it isn’t wired or plumbed either — and it’s removable. Some people have had a real hard time getting their heads around this, so on the theory that a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m going to post six pictures and save me writing, and you reading, six thousand words. With the winds rising and Hurricane Irene contemplating a summer visit, Ben took the tent down this afternoon in about three hours.